Business as usual for Upson
It was back down-to-earth for FA Youth Cup final goalscorer Ed Upson on Saturday, writes David Vincent.Fourteen hours after the celebrations at Portman Road, as part of the victorious Ipswich Town team, he was back out on the pitch at Playford Road.
It was back down-to-earth for FA Youth Cup final goalscorer Ed Upson on Saturday, writes David Vincent.
Fourteen hours after the celebrations at Portman Road, as part of the victorious Ipswich Town team, he was back out on the pitch at Playford Road.
Upson, still only 15, was playing in midfield for Ipswich Town Under-18s in their league match against Bristol City.
There was no fairy-tale extra chapter though for the Bury St Edmunds youngster.
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He had a couple of early efforts on goal but was substituted in the second half and the visitors went on to win 3-0.
His proud parents Chris and Sue Upson were among the sparse crowd of mainly family members on the touchline.
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The night before they had been part of the nearly 15,000-strong crowd as Town won the Youth Cup, 1-0 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate.
His father Chris said: "It is unbelievable what has happened, if somebody wrote it you would never believe it. We are absolutely thrilled for the boys and the club. But we feel bad for Owen (Garvan) as it is a great shame for him to miss out.
"It took a bit of guts to bring the boy on, it could easily have gone wrong. With two substitutes already used do you try to win the game or try and hold on and win on penalties. It was quite a brave decision."
Dad, a former county level and Bury St Edmunds hockey player, said: "Ed and his brother Peter have never been interested in hockey. Football and a bit of rugby have been their games.
"Ed wants to become a professional footballer, of course.
"He has been with the Academy for three years now. Before that he was with Stow Youths with Andy Gould, who did a lot for him and helped him.
"This is great for his school, King Edward VI, because it has just got specialist sport college status. Everyone will be so pleased for him."
When Ed Upson arrived at the main gate on Friday night he had to explain who he was; the stewards didn't recognise him as they had other regular members of the youth team like Aidan Collins, Darryl Knights and Cathal Lordan.
Fortunately he was allowed in, despite not having a ticket, to find himself named in the 16 as a substitute.
And he was called on for the final 15 minutes of extra time by coaches Bryan Klug and Steve Greaves.
He scored that dramatic late winner to prevent the final being decided by penalty kicks.
Goalkeeper Shane Supple had to cut his celebrations short. He was rushed to Leeds on Saturday morning to take his place on the bench for the first team in the Coca-Cola Championship.